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Former NYX Gaming Group & ReelPlay CCO moves to CEO role

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Sydney based online gaming studio ReelPlay, home of the original Infinity Reels™, today announce the appointment of David Johnson as Chief Executive Officer.

Johnson initially joined the business as CCO after successful periods in senior commercial roles at Cryptologic, NextGen Gaming and NYX Gaming Group that ultimately saw the business evolve into SG Digital.

Former CEO Scott Smith, who joined ReelPlay along with Johnson in 2018, remains with the business in a board and advisory capacity overseeing the ReelPlay group studios. Privately held ReelPlay have experienced significant growth since Johnson & Smith arrived, the duo having implemented the transition of the business from Chance Interactive to ReelPlay initially, whilst a number of significant commercial milestones have recently been achieved.

ReelPlay games are now available in the regulated territories of New Jersey & Michigan via ReelPlay’s partnership with SG Digital. Core European markets remain healthy with distribution partners SG Digital, Relax Gaming, Yggdrasil & Playzido, whilst a new licensing arm drives value from ReelPlay authored IP to competitive collaborators. ReelPlay continue to offer game build, math, marketing, integration and commercial expertise to partner studios looking to take their own content to the online market.

Johnson said “I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to continue to drive the business forward as CEO. With great credit to Scott, the founders and the team at ReelPlay HQ, the business is perfectly positioned to capitalise on the solid foundations we’ve placed over the last couple of years. We look forward to continuing to build on ReelPlay’s solid existing partnerships whilst focussing on expanding into new markets and verticals… underpinned by the continued creation of the highest quality digital gaming content for license to the world’s leading regulated casino operators”.

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Crown Resorts Director John Poynton Resigns from Board

Niji Narayan

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Crown Resorts has said that director John Poynton had quit the board over accusations he was too close to top shareholder James Packer, as another regulator said it was probing the troubled casino operator.

Poynton’s departure is the latest in a string of executive exits at the casino operator that is one-third owned by billionaire Packer, after an inquiry accused it of money laundering and governance issues.

The representative of Packer’s private company had been on Crown’s board since 2018. After a regulator rebuked Packer’s control over the board, Poynton said last month he was ending his arrangement with Packer and would stay as an independent director.

But on Monday Crown Executive Chair Helen Coonan said the regulator, the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA), considered it appropriate that Poynton step down “due to a perceived lack of independence arising out of his past relationship” with Packer.

Poynton agreed to resign “despite no adverse findings by the commissioner in the ILGA inquiry in relation to his suitability, integrity or performance”, Coonan said.

Three Australian states have either held or said they would hold inquiries into Crown since Australian media reports accused the company of doing business with tour operators with ties to organised crime.

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Sportradar Signs Data and Audio-visual Partnership with NBL1

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Sportradar has signed a long-term data and audio-visual partnership with Australia’s professional semi-elite basketball league, NBL1.

The new deal covers all national NBL1 Conferences for both men’s and women’s competitions, as well as the Victorian-based State Championship.

Sportradar has secured the official data and audio-visual rights to over 1500 Australian basketball games annually, which the company will supply to its downstream partners alongside other basketball properties in its portfolio such as the National Basketball Association (NBA) whom it has worked with since 2016.

David Edwards, Sportradar Director of Sports Media and Partnerships, Oceania, said: “We’re very pleased to secure a long-term official data and audio-visual rights agreement with one of the most exciting semi-professional sporting leagues in the region. The NBL1 competition is a stepping stone to the NBL, one of the world’s top professional basketball leagues, and it is important that they have a flexible, state of the art technology platform to help showcase that talent and engage new fans.”

NBL1 Chief Commercial Officer Brad Joyner said: “Sportradar’s technology and data-driven approach is especially effective and relevant in today’s sporting environment. Their knowledge of Australian sports and fans, together with their technology-focused approach and global track record in sports content was instrumental in our decision to announce Sportradar as our Official Data Partner to the NBL1 Competitions.”

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National Party Opposes Proposal for Prepaid Gambling Cards in NSW

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The National Party has opposed the proposal for prepaid gambling cards in New South Wales.

The idea of pre-paid cards was introduced late last year by Victor Dominello as a way to help people manage their gambling. Players would be required to register to obtain a government-regulated card, which would then allow them to preload money and use it for gaming purposes in various venues.

The discussion of the proposal gained new traction after Patricia Bergin, in her report into Crown Resorts, stated the cards would be a good system to combat money-laundering.

MP Andrew Wilkie, an advocate for gambling reform, supports the card because it can “significantly reduce money-laundering and provide opportunities for reducing the prevalence of gambling addiction.”

He is also quoted as saying it is important NSW is leading this discussion because the “state is home to about half the country’s poker machines, as well as the poker machine industry’s most strident advocates.”

“The community now understands much more clearly the harm caused by poker machines. Moreover, revelations like the Bergin Crown inquiry have alerted people to the importance of gambling for money-laundering,” Wilkie said.

However, the Nationals party remains sceptical and its leader John Barilaro argues this is “not the time to strangle pubs and clubs with red tape.”

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